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The Texas Legislature has directed HHSC to report all payments made under the 1115 Waiver within 45 days of issuance beginning September 2015. Select the following link to view payment information: View the 1115 Waiver Payments

Key Additions to Health and Human Services Team

Texas Health and Human Services Executive Commissioner Charles Smith announced three key hires today.

Kelly Garcia has been named director of government and stakeholder relations and Carrie Williams will serve as the system's chief press officer. Garcia replaces Molly Czepiel who has been named associate commissioner for policy and performance.

Texas Becomes First State to Issue Standing Order for Mosquito Repellent to Fight Zika

Eligible Texas women on Medicaid can go straight to their pharmacist to pick up mosquito repellent, Health and Human Services Executive Commissioner Charles Smith announced today. Texas Medicaid has issued a standing order for mosquito repellent prescriptions for women who are between the ages of 10 and 45 or pregnant. Ver comunicado de prensa en español | Information for Clients (PDF)

Medicaid Will Pay for Mosquito Repellent to Fight Zika

Texas Medicaid will cover the cost of mosquito repellent for women who are between the ages of 10 and 45 or pregnant, HHS Executive Commissioner Charles Smith announced today. Ver comunicado de prensa en español

New Healthy Texas Women Program Offers Expanded Healthcare Coverage and Services

Health and Human Services Executive Commissioner Charles Smith joined state Sen. Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, today to announce an extensive outreach campaign to focus awareness on the state’s new Healthy Texas Women program which will deliver more care to more Texas women statewide. Read the news release in Spanish

HHSC Announces Senior Staff Appointments for New Medical and Social Services Division

HHS Executive Commissioner Charles Smith today introduced the team that will guide the new Medical and Social Services division.

HHSC Announces New Senior Staff Appointments

Executive Commissioner Charles Smith today announced key additions to the Health and Human Services leadership team who will help guide the Health and Human Services Commission through its transformation into a more efficient and responsive agency.

Proposed State Plan Amendment for Therapy Services

The Health and Human Services Commission has submitted to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services the state plan amendment to update Medicaid payments and fee schedules for physical, occupational and speech therapy services. The effective date for the proposed amendment is July 15. Click here to review the amendment.

It's a Hoax

The promise of bonus money for SNAP recipients is spreading like wildfire on social media. However, it's all a hoax. The viral rumor promises people who receive SNAP benefits will get an extra $1,000 for three months, as a gift from President Obama.

At this time, the federal government has not approved a SNAP cash payment or a special one-time TANF payment for SNAP recipients. HHSC is not aware of any plans for the federal government to award a SNAP cash payment or a one-time TANF payment to current SNAP recipients.

HIPAA Notification: Vendor Loses Clients' Personal Information

The Health and Human Services Commission is notifying people about the accidental loss of protected health information. The breach may affect a little more than 600 people who applied for benefits.

Iron Mountain, an HHSC contractor, was storing boxes containing client files that were slated for destruction. Iron Mountain notified the agency that it lost 15 boxes of HHSC's files from their Irving, Fort Worth and Dallas facilities.

HHSC Submits 2017 State Plan to Ensure Refugees are Fully Vetted

Health and Human Services Executive Commissioner Charles Smith sent a letter today to the U.S. Department of State concerning refugee resettlement in Texas.

The letter informs the federal government that Texas will not agree to increase the number of refugees coming into the state, and the 2017 State Plan for the Refugee Program has been written to ensure Texas only accepts refugees who are fully vetted and do not present a security threat.

HHSC Announces Additions to Executive Leadership

Chief Deputy Executive Commissioner Charles Smith announced Heather Griffith Peterson and Kara Crawford are joining the Health and Human Services’ executive leadership team.

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